Decisive Campaigns:Case Blue – 2nd Kharkov Turn 7

Germany: Turn 7

When we last left our inept German army, this was the map:


Oberst Heyhellowhatsnew had a dream last night… he was visited by the ghost of Hitler (who was not dead at the time) who told him that it’s about the VPs, stupid. And then Hitler took out a device he called an iPad and showed Oberst HHW a motivational “youtube video”

MOTIVATION

And thus, the current plan has changed. For you see, when I woke up, I looked at the battlemap once more and saw this:

And then I looked at this:

I then realized I was one VP away from a minor victory. I have 2 days to capture Losowaya, something I should have done a long time ago.

We’ll worry about the middle later, they’re not important anymore. Lets go to the south first.

Losowaya is protected by two poorly entrenched troops.

So lets take it

In my excitement I only got the bombing. Sorry, anyway as you can see, we win the battle

Thank you Romania! We now have our 64th VP point. Now we must hold it for 2 turns. So lets make some moves to secure that.

I apply some pressure west of the town by attacking the 317th. The attack succeeds and we encircle any units that may cause any trouble in the south. No supply for you guys!

Right away you can see that my main trouble will come from the 411th, 317th, and the 6th army who will of course try to liberate that town. I need to bloody their nose a bit.

I had a screen cap of a very bloody battle for the 6th, but I lost it. Sorry 🙁 But I got the punch I needed to make sure they wouldn’t mess around with the town.

There is nothing I can do about the 317th right now, but lets see what I can do with the 411th

Not a good battle, but it was necessary to hurt them. This is what I end up with

It’s the best I could do with what I have left unfortunately. I’ve played terrible all game. And as Donald Rumsfield once say, you “You go to war with the army you have—not the army you might want or wish to have at a later time.”

Okay, still in the south, I want to pressure the right side of it too, just in case the AI gets coy. This is what is known as a “feint”. I think. I just made it up, it’s probably not really a feint.

I harass the 335th

I want the AI to think i’m still going for Izium. Is that possible? I wonder. Lets hope so.

Holy crap they hold. Note to self. YOU HAVE CARDS, USE THEM.

After some movements, the South now looks like this

Now about that middle

I don’t know how to tell you this 1/3 44th… but you’re going to have to sacrifice yourself for the Reich. We will tell stories about your bravery.

As you can see, the issue is that I need to close that gap the Russians opened and play defense. I am satisfied with my points. Now we defend.

So, last night after I posted my last AAR post, I stared at the pictures for 15 minutes
and knew what I had to do.

Cut off the 44th and bomb the tanks to hell.

“…to the last I grapple with thee; from hell’s heart I stab at thee; for hate’s sake I spit my last breath at thee.” (Please note this clever call back from a few AAR posts earlier 😉

Thats it for those tanks. I want to weaken them so they stay out of supply and not attack

Now my plan is to weaken any unit that might try to save them. I want to stop their advance and make them stay put. I bloody some noses some more

Our attacks have not been perfect (sorry I got too amped up playing the game and forgot to take screen caps), but they were necessary to throw off the soviets and make them think less about attacking.

Now onto the north:

I really don’t care about the north. I make some arty attacks and thats it, just to throw them off. They aren’t going to push. I do make note however that the next time I play this game, I should think about taking Woltschasnk.

I attack the 84th just to shrug them away.

Yes I attacked with Engineers. We are desperate at this point.

And this is how the north ends up.

I double check my defenses and get ready to pass the turn. This is how the board looks:


I take a deep breath, and hope it plays out how I want it to.

This is what the map looks like after the Soviets move:

They do exactly what I want them to do. They only commit to one battle. The pocket blobs up. The next turn is the last turn and we’re going to play prevent defense on this one.

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